Soundscape compositions, originally made for Resonance FM and broadcast in 2002. The pieces explore the sound environment of the community in which I lived at the time, and it relationship to the people that lived there. The first piece focuses on the sound of traffic, which is an inescapable feature of the sound environment in the area. It is a sound that annoyed me intensely, so I decided to find out whether other people living locally shared my view, by interviewing people living close to the busiest road in the area, the A14. I was surprised to discover while making these recordings that beneath the sound of traffic, the sound of birdsong is equally omnipresent. The second piece is compiled from sounds recorded at Reach village fair, which is one of the oldest such events in England. I was interested to examine which elements of this rich soundscape could be used to characterise ot define this small community, in contrast to those sounds that have invaded from elsewhere, as a product of global culture.
The following two pieces were similarly compiled from sound recordings made in the villages of Girton, Histon and Impington (Cambridgeshire) during June 2002. The first of these features recordings made at a number of events held in celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee. I thought that these events might reveal something about my local community, and that I might be able to capture this by documenting the soundscape that they produced. For me the most memorable sound is of Ethel playing an electronic organ, which she did for the entire duration of our local street party, and can be heard here around the middle of the piece. The final piece is compiled from sounds recorded at one specific Jubilee event, a 'community stroll'. This was designed to encourage local residents to explore the history of their community, by providing them with a guided trail. The event was very popular and throughout the piece you can hear comments made by people as they walked from one local landmark to another. Near the end you can hear the sound of a father simulating the sound of a car engine, while pushing his child's buggy.